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January 24, 2017
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Treated carbon pulls radioactive elements from water



Houston TX (SPX) Jan 20, 2017
Researchers at Rice University and Kazan Federal University in Russia have found a way to extract radioactivity from water and said their discovery could help purify the hundreds of millions of gallons of contaminated water stored after the Fukushima nuclear plant accident. They reported that their oxidatively modified carbon (OMC) material is inexpensive and highly efficient at absorbing radioactive metal cations, including cesium and strontium, toxic elements released into the environment when t ... read more

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AREVA to supply refueling equipment upgrades to TVA reactors
AREVA NP signed a multimillion-dollar agreement with the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) to provide fleet-wide refuel equipment upgrades. Under this contract, AREVA NP will upgrade existing refueli ... more
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Portugal protests against Spain nuclear waste near border
Portugal has accused Spain of stockpiling nuclear waste close to its border without evaluating the environmental impact, in a complaint filed Monday with Brussels. ... more
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UK asks regulators to assess Chinese nuclear reactor
Britain on Tuesday asked regulators to begin an assessment of a Chinese-designed nuclear reactor for a proposed plant in Bradwell, southeastern England. ... more
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France sells off Engie stake to finance Areva rescue
France has sold a 4.1-percent stake in energy company Engie, pulling in 1.14 billion euros ($1.2 billion) to help finance a state-led rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva. ... more
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EU clears French rescue of troubled nuclear firm Areva
EU anti-trust regulators on Tuesday cleared the French government's massive restructuring of troubled state-owned nuclear reactor builder Areva. ... more
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Controversial nuclear power plant near New York to close
The controversial Indian Point nuclear plant near New York will close in 2021, a casualty of low energy prices and relentless criticism by environmentalists, the power company announced Monday. ... more
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AREVA NP supplies Safety Instrumentation and Control System for Generation 3 Reactor
AREVA NP supplied Rosatom with its safety instrumentation and control (I and C) system for its installation within unit 1 of the Novovoronezh-2 Russian nuclear power plant, which has been connected ... more
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Battling energy crisis, Pakistan turns on fourth nuclear plant
Pakistan's fourth nuclear power plant went online Wednesday, a joint collaboration with China that adds 340 megawatts to the national grid as part of the goverment's efforts to end a growth-sapping energy deficit. ... more
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Report finds additional radioactive materials in gas-well drill cuttings
Hydraulic fracturing has boosted U.S. energy production while coming under scrutiny for its potential environmental impacts, mostly related to the wastewater the method generates. Now, a report in t ... more


Chemistry research breakthrough that could improve nuclear waste recycling technologies

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Researchers model the way into a nuclear future
Physicists from MIPT and the Joint Institute for High Temperatures of the Russian Academy of Sciences described the mobility of line defects, or dislocations, in uranium dioxide. This will enable fu ... more
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Japan pulls plug on troubled fast breeder reactor
Japan has scrapped plans to generate electricity at a multi-billion dollar experimental nuclear reactor, the government said Monday, giving up on the decades-old project due to spiralling costs. ... more

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Populus dataset holds promise for biofuels, materials, metabolites
Researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) have released the largest-ever single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) dataset of genetic variations in poplar trees, information useful to plant scientists as well as researchers in the fields of biofuels, materials science, and secondary plant metabolism. For nearly 10 years, researchers with DOE's BioEnergy Scie ... more
Handheld Sensor Unit Determines Biofuel Content Of Diesel Blends

Dual-purpose biofuel crops could extend production, increase profits

Iowa State engineer helps journal highlight how pyrolysis can advance the bioeconomy

Asia Pacific to gain edge in low-carbon growth
It will be the economies in the Asia Pacific region that could gain the global edge in clean energy technology in the age of protectionism, a consultant said. Donald Trump vowed to make the United States energy independent by unraveling what his advisors see as burdensome regulations enacted by his predecessor, Barak Obama. While making reference to a need for alternative options, most ... more
Xinhua: U.S. wasting opportunity in clean energy

Rooftop Solar in the Spotlight at the World Future Energy Summit Solar Expo

Capital One invests big in SolarReserve's Crescent Dunes solar energy project

Renewables a big boost for GE's profits
Gains in the renewable energy sector and deals in exploration and production helped boost fourth quarter profits substantially, General Electric said Friday. GE said its earnings during the fourth quarter increased to about $3.5 billion, against the $2.6 billion reported during the same period last year. By sector, the company's renewable energy sector saw total revenues increase 29 per ... more
Essen, Germany wins greenest city honors

Obama puts offshore North Carolina on wind energy map

DNV GL certifies new prototype of Siemens' 8 MW Offshore Wind Turbine

Australian energy group backs Li Ka-shing takeover
Li Ka-shing's Cheung Kong Infrastructure on Monday moved a step closer to a more than Aus$7 billion (US$5.2 billion) takeover of Australian energy group Duet after a recommendation from the energy group's board. In December, the Hong Kong billionaire put in an unsolicited and conditional offer of $Aus3 per share for Duet. Following a review of the offer, the Duet board said it had agreed ... more
China to build $1.5 billion power line across Pakistan

MIT Energy Initiative report provides guidance for evolving electric power sector

Toward energy solutions for northern regions

New design strategy for longer lasting batteries
It's always exciting to bring home a new smartphone that seems to do anything, but it can be all downhill from there. With every charge and discharge cycle, the device's battery capacity lowers a little bit more - eventually rendering the device completely useless. "Why does this degradation occur? In some cases, we know; in other cases, we don't," said Northwestern Engineering's Christoph ... more
Samsung blames Galaxy Note 7 fires on faulty batteriesW/LLL

Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

Physicist uncovers clues to mechanism behind magnetic reconnection

Advanced cookstoves provide environmental benefits, but less than expected
Researchers from North Carolina State University and the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine have found that while advanced wood-burning cookstoves can provide benefits to the environment and climate, these benefits are less than expected due to higher emissions measured in the field compared to laboratory settings. The study, conducted in rural Malawi, found that pollutant emissions from thes ... more
Chinese human rights lawyers set their sights on smog

Trump could enact sweeping changes to environment policy

China tells local meteorological bureaus to stop smog alerts

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Oil state of Texas still facing some economic pressures
The Texas oil and gas industry stabilized during the latter half of last year, though there are secondary pressures remaining, an economist said. Energy executives responding to a survey from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas said the outlook for 2017 had improved over last year. During the fourth quarter, state oil and gas production held relatively stable and measured indices showed ... more
Shell continues evolution by parting with Saudi corporation

Tight market signs give boost to oil prices

New drilling under way in Senegalese hot spot

Long Eclipse Avoidance Manoeuvres Performed Successfully on MOM Spacecraft
An orbital manoeuvres was performed on Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) spacecraft to avoid the impending long eclipse duration for the satellite. The duration of the eclipse would have been as long as 8 hours in the coming days. As the satellite battery is designed to handle an eclipse duration of only about 1 Hour 40 minutes, a longer eclipse would have drained the battery beyond the safe limi ... more
Microbes could survive thin air of Mars

Mars rover Opportunity takes a drive up a steep slope

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Green Sahara's ancient rainfall regime revealed
Rainfall patterns in the Sahara during the 6,000-year "Green Sahara" period have been pinpointed by analyzing marine sediments, according to new research. What is now the Sahara Desert was the home to hunter-gatherers who made their living off the animals and plants that lived in the region's savannahs and wooded grasslands 5,000 to 11,000 years ago. "It was 10 times as wet as today, ... more
Al Gore beats the climate drum as Trump takes office

Climate science bedeviled by 'tipping points'

UK experts warn of Trump climate science clampdown

Graphene's sleeping superconductivity awakens
Researchers have found a way to trigger the innate, but previously hidden, ability of graphene to act as a superconductor - meaning that it can be made to carry an electrical current with zero resistance. The finding, reported in Nature Communications, further enhances the potential of graphene, which is already widely seen as a material that could revolutionise industries such as healthca ... more
Scientists turn graphene into working OLED electrodes, a first

China's Decline in Coal Consumption Drives Global Slowdown in Emissions

Research shows driving factors behind changes between local and global carbon cycles

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U.S. Navy's ALMDS reaches initial operating capability
Northrop Grumman's AN/AES-1 Airborne Laser Mine Detection System has achieved initial operational capability with the U.S. Navy. The Airborne Laser Mine Detection System, or ALMDS, is a sensor pod manufactured by Northrop Grumman to improve mine detection capabilities for naval platforms. Company officials say the delivery of the system will make Navy personnel safer during deployment. ... more
French schools join Australia's Future Submarine program

BAE Systems to perform depot maintenance for USS Roosevelt

U.S. Navy expecting USS Gerald R. Ford delivery in April

UK govt accused of covering up failed nuclear missile test
The British government was accused on Sunday of covering up a failed test of its nuclear weapons deterrent last year, just weeks before lawmakers voted to renew the system. Prime Minister Theresa May refused to say whether she knew about the reported malfunction of an unarmed missile when she urged MPs to support updating the Trident nuclear system. The Sunday Times newspaper, citing a s ... more
Trump to take charge of nuclear 'football'

N. Korea preparing to launch new missiles: report

Israel nuclear whistle-blower convicted over release terms

Militants still holding 25 hostages in Philippines: defence chief
The Philippine defence chief said Monday that 25 hostages are still being held by Islamic militants in the southern Philippines but urged that no ransom be paid for their release. Delfin Lorenzana also told a security forum in Singapore that President Rodrigo Duterte has been under pressure to declare martial law in at least three southern islands where jihadists operate, but he did not thin ... more
Fears of mass killings as IS advances in Syria's Deir Ezzor

Scramble to treat wounded after botched Nigeria air strike

Lebanon foils bomber in busy Beirut district: security sources

Discovery could lead to jet engines that run hotter - and cleaner
Researchers here have made a discovery in materials science that sounds like something from the old Saturday morning cartoon Super Friends: They've found a way to deactivate "nano twins" to improve the high-temperature properties of superalloys that are used in jet engines. The advance could speed the development of powerful and environmentally friendly turbine engines of all sorts, includ ... more
Northrop Grumman, Lufthansa partner for Australian tanker support

Safran to buy Zodiac Aerospace for $9 billion

BAE Systems providing digital head-up display for F-22

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Rescuers seek trapped miners in Peru
Rescuers in Peru were working Friday to save seven miners trapped for nearly four days by a landslide, the emergency services said. An avalanche of mud and rocks driven by heavy rain trapped the men on Monday in the mine where they were working in the southern Acari district. "Rescue work is continuing," Jacqueline Choque, head of emergency operations for the surrounding Arequipa region, ... more
Nigeria botched air strike may have killed up to 236 people

Nigeria plans inquiry into botched air strike

Lice, lung troubles plague migrants in freezing Serbia

For white-collar staff, AI threatens new workplace revolution
If your job involves inputting reams of data for a company, you might want to think about retraining in a more specialised field. Or as a plumber. After industrial robots and international trade put paid to many manufacturing jobs in the West, millions of white-collar workers could now be under threat from new technology such as artificial intelligence (AI). The issue of how best to fa ... more
Making AI systems that see the world as humans do

Scientists proposed a novel regional path tracking scheme for autonomous ground vehicles

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